Muhlenberg lacrosse is off to a great start to the conference season. They are 7-3 overall and 3-1 in conference play so far with 13-8, 11-8 and 8-5 wins against Washington College, Swarthmore College and Ursinus College respectively.
Ethan Grossman ‘21, a graduate student, is the team leader in cumulative points and is currently ninth in the Centennial Conference with a total of 37. Those points are a combination of his 19 goals and 18 assists; the latter is good for fifth in the Centennial Conference. Reflecting on his success so far this season Grossman said, “The hard work and preparation we have put in has made us enjoy this season so far. Seeing all the hard work pay off is a great feeling. Beating Ursinus has been the best moment of our season so far. We came together as a group and grinded through a tough, physical game and came up on top.”
The Mules have had great success this season so far scoring goals and their leading scorer is James Dalimonte ‘23. He leads the team with 22 goals and has also been credited with four assists this season. He has stood out this season for his goal scoring and superb ball movement. Another standout performer for the Mules this season has been goalkeeper, Max May ‘23. He has had 109 saves on the season and has saved 57.7 of the shots on goal, a mark which is good enough for third in the entire Centennial Conference.
The Mules have been led by seventh year head coach and last year’s coach of the year, Jake Plunkett, all year. Grossman talked about how Plunkett has been able to get the best out of the Mules all season saying, “Coach Plunkett’s message to us is to just out work our opponents in every aspect. Work harder in the weight room, film room, practices get in the training room and the success will show up on game day.” Plunkett’s strategy is part of the reason the Mules lacrosse team has had success for four years now.
Muhlenberg has four games remaining, with two of them being played at Scotty Wood Stadium. The Mules will play at Dickinson College on Apr. 16, and then return home the following Wednesday, Apr. 20, to play Haverford College.
Grossman made it clear what his expectations are for the remainder of the season. “We expect our team to come out strong in the remaining conference games. We are preparing hard for each game, and we expect to come out with wins in every game.” The Mules hope to continue winning in conference and keep this momentum up for the rest of the season.